And I have a feeling that if King had been alive during the birth of the modern lgbt equality movement, he would have been recognized the inherent goodness of our cause – to have ourselves and our families be treated equally under the law – and would have spoken in favor of our cause.
|By: Alvin McEwen Tuesday January 21, 2014 4:25 pm|
|By: DSWright Monday January 20, 2014 12:20 pm|
During his speech defending the NSA and domestic surveillance President Barack Obama ironically mentioned Dr. Martin Luther King as proof that intelligence agencies spying on Americans had precedent in our recent history. What Obama failed to mention was why MLK had been targeted by the government. What did King do to become a threat to national security besides being a leading in the civil rights movement?
|By: Attaturk Tuesday January 14, 2014 1:30 am|
“Experimenting” with ways to kill people has an awful Josef Mengele quality to it.
|By: Peterr Saturday December 28, 2013 9:00 am|
A&E backed down on their suspension of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, putting themselves behind Robertson’s twisted views of blacks in the Jim Crow-era South, his very misinformed understanding of world history and world religions, and his homophobic religious beliefs about gays. It’s a happy happy happy day in the Robertson house.
Elsewhere, where folks have a more respectful view of the world and those with whom they share it, not so much.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday December 27, 2013 2:14 pm|
The FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, and law enforcement, along with the NSA, are collecting information on Americans and then using that information to arrest people. “Parallel construction” is then used to “fabricate evidence” that is substituted with evidence that is subsequently collected legally and through mechanisms that have traditionally been an accepted part of criminal investigations.
In former senior NSA employee and whistleblower William Binney’s view, this is the “real problem.” It is occurring without a warrant and they can bring this information into court. He calls it the “planned program perjury policy right out of the Department of Justice.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday December 27, 2013 12:54 pm|
A federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has ruled in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection of Americans’ phone records is “lawful” and not unconstitutional.
The ruling comes just over a week after another federal judge ruled in a similar lawsuit that the surveillance program violates Americans’ privacy rights and James Madison, one of America’s founding fathers, would be “aghast” if he was alive to see this program.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday December 24, 2013 4:32 pm|
British billionaire Richard Branson called for a boycott of Uganda. The African nation’s parliament passed a bill that proposes a life sentence for certain homosexual acts. The bill also makes it a crime punishable by a prison sentence not to report gay people to the police.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday December 3, 2013 5:47 pm|
This is why we can’t have nice things. Nancy Silberkleit became co-CEO of Archie Comics–home of the beloved and socially progressive characters Archie, Jughead, Kevin Keller, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch– in 2008 after her husband’s death. Now male employees are claiming she called them “penis”.
|By: Alvin McEwen Monday November 4, 2013 8:15 pm|
As the United States Senate gets closer to a vote on ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act), religious right groups are pulling out their trusty “do you want your children taught by crossdressers, drag queens, and transgenders” card.
|By: David Swanson Thursday October 31, 2013 3:00 pm|
The U.N. and Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International recently released a flurry of deeply flawed reports on drone murders. According to the U.N.’s special rapporteur, whose day job is as law partner of Tony Blair’s wife, and according to two major human rights groups deeply embedded in U.S. exceptionalism, murdering people with drones is sometimes legal and sometimes not legal, but almost always it’s too hard to tell which is which, unless the White House rewrites the law in enough detail and makes its new legal regime public.